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[Tutorial]Creating Content for Your Own Blog- English Aid and Reference

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by xSoulBane, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. xSoulBane

    xSoulBane Junior Member

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    Hey forum, ;)

    For all the people out there who can't afford to outsource a gig, and are not good at
    article writing --or in English
    , but would really like to create their own content; I thought that I could put this little didactic guideline on BHW, to show any of you who might be struggling in writing, how to write better. Now I may not be perfect at writing, but I sure as hell ain't terrible... However if I make a mistake, typo, or if i give bad advise let me know ASAP so that I may correct my mistake.


    So one may as the question: "Who is this guy anyways?" or "What does he know about writing?"
    ...well, while I do not have a B.A in English, nor write professionally for any company; I certainly do know how English works and how to write well developed essays and articles.
    I do have a content writing gig on another site but I wont link anything... lol some people tend to get really sensitive when they see clickable text. But I digress...

    I know alot of kick-ass SEO'ers (if that's even a word) who create websites for people, but sometimes their English is--let's just say--under par.

    So one may also ask: "If content is king then who cares how things are worded or how well things are written?
    ...well, if content is king... then quality is queen... and we all know a king is nothing without his queen.
    anyhow--the larger idea here, is that the content needs to have quality... it need to be not only useful, but also engaging.

    Take a look at Wikipedia for example. There's a hell-of-alot of content on Wikipedia right? Is it engaging? ...Well, not necessarily.

    All post Panda/Penguin SEO'ers know that Google penalizes sites that have high bounce rates. One way to lower way to lower a site's bounce rate is to write quality content. So quality content---> Engaged readers-----> lower bounce rate.

    We get the idea here, right? So without Further ado... here's my tips on content writing.

    The Basics
    So before I start talking about Introductions, there are a couple of ground rules that we need to know and be in control of while we are writing. These are things that will set you off as an idiot who does not know what he/she is talking about.


    1. Typographical errors
    2. The Comma and Semicolon
    3. Pronoun Usage
    4. Misplaced Modifiers
    5. Colloquialisms
    6. Diction Usage
    Typographical Errors


    This error also known as a "typo" is a mistake in the typing process, typically a misspelling but can also be a variety of other errors. I am admittedly someone who is guilty of this. Ironic--I might have a typo somewhere in this post!

    Example-"The quck brown fox jups over the lazy dog."
    Diagnosis-Proofread everything and check for typographical misspellings.
    Revision-"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"


    The Comma and Semicolon

    Errors occurring with commas and semicolons usually result from either typos or misunderstanding of proper usage.

    The Comma- The are a couple of reasons to use the comma, and it's definitely not to be overused. :) Here are the basic three usages:


    1. To separate elements in a series:
      Eg. "Tom ran to the store, bought his favorite brand of chicken salad, and ran back home."

    2. Use a comma with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, yet, for, or, so) to connect two independent clauses:
      Eg. "The salad that Tom ate was soggy, but Tom still enjoyed it."

    3. Use the comma for introductory material:
      Eg. "At only five years old, Chicken salad, was Toms favorite food."

    Do not use commas when you need to "pause"
    Eg. "My, Dog Chomper is, a very cute puppy."

    Look how commas can change the meaning of a sentence:


    "Let's eat grandma!"
    vs
    "Let's eat, grandma!"

    In the first example we can see that the author is conspiring with an unidentified person to eat a grandmother. *chuckle*

    In the second example the author is beckoning to eat with his/her grandmother.

    -see... commas save lives




    The Semicolon-Here is one punctuation sign that some people tend to spam when they don't know how to use. The two most basic usages for the semicolon, are these:


    1. Use a semicolon to join two or more independent clauses:
      Eg. "My neighbor had a very pimply face; He never used to wash it."
      -
      we see each independent clause highlighted in blue and green respectively; they are joined by a semicolon.
    Use a semicolon to join lists where the elements already contain commas to avoid confusion:

    1. Eg. "My brothers Steve, Earl, and Carl, were born on Januay 5, 1985 ; September 9, 1972; and December 17, 1995; respectively.
      -Just so that that no one is confused by a plethora of commas... we use the semicolon

      *Heres a tip, If you are really struggling with comma and semicolon usage--feel free to use a dash. :) I do it all the time* Dashes are denoted with two hyphens (--)

    ​Pronoun Usage

    When you are writing, you must always specify pronouns. When you have antecedents of another person. It becomes confusing especially when we are talking about people of the same gender or multiple objects.


    Example-"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, it was very happy."
    Diagnosis-Specify the pronoun you are talking about. In this case it is the dog or the fox.
    Revision-"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, the fox was very happy"

    Misplaced Modifiers

    ​Modifier errors occur when words clauses, or phrases are improperly separated from the word it describes. This error usually occurs when the author assumes that the reader knows what the author is taking about.

    Example- "I saw sharks, scuba diving"
    - The word "sharks" modifies the meaning of the sentence. since it is introductory material the reader believes that what comes after the comma is an extension of what is being introduced. The sentence literally means the author saw sharks scuba diving.
    Diagnosis-Reword the sentence to re-define the meaning
    Revision-"While scuba diving, I saw sharks."
    -Now, the sentence means the author saw sharks while he was scuba diving.


    Colloquialisms

    Now this error, only applies to formal writing--which may or may not be used in your article. This error occurs when the author writes a slang word, that is not understood by all audiences.

    Example- David was so hype to open his Christmas presents.
    Diagnosis-The word "hype" is a slang term common to a few audiences (it means overly-excited).
    Revision- David was elated to open his Christmas presents.


    Diction Usage

    Errors associated with diction can be tough to control, this is largely due to the fact that diction errors are of the only errors that you have to know, to be in control of.

    Examples: Their, They're, There | Accept, Except | Affect, Effect | Corrode, Erode
    Diagnosis: Learn the definition of words before writing them
    Revision: Apply what you have learned In your writing.

    That about sums up everything for this post. I will respond to any questions that anyone may have.
    The next post I will be talking about Introduction types and writing guidelines.
    So If you have any questions let me know below. I hope that this helps some of you out!

    -Btw this is an original post...not copy&paste from Google-​

    Until next post.... Peace

    Kindest Regards,
    Soul
     
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  2. sashablack

    sashablack Elite Member

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    Nice tut for those illiterates out there :) hehehe
     
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  3. daserpent

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    Shouldn't it be commas instead of comma's ? :p
     
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  4. rob1977

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    You know I was reading through that and spotting so many errors I was thinking how ironic that this is an English tutorial.

    Wheen talcing aboot typo's cheek ur speeling.

    When, suggesting, about, overuse, of, the, comma, don't, overuse, the comma,

    One of two acceptable occasions where a comma should be used is a pause. Your demonstration has proven that, even though you said never to do it. (The other is an insertion) example = This one time, at band camp, I stuck a trumpet up my ass
     
  5. xSoulBane

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    You are absolutely right my friend. Will change
     
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    xSoulBane Junior Member

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    I suggest you quote my mistakes and then offer suggestion. I haven't yet found an error that you typed :/... A comma cannot be used for a pause in speech--for that we use a dashes and periods. Coincidentally, sometimes there naturally happens to be a comma where someone pauses in speech. The insertion example that you gave is a good one. You CAN use a comma when adding extra detail to a subject. its a funny example you used though lol. Just Cite my mistakes so I can go back and correct myself. I don't want to confuse anyone else :)

    Regards,
    Soul
     
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    thank god for grade school...
     
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    Thanks for your sharing.
    I will follow up your thread.
     
  9. xSoulBane

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    No problem Chelsea! Ill keep you posted. :)
     
  10. rob1977

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    I'm not going to be a grammar Nazi I suppose I was being facetious (it reminded me of the eternity of red pen on paper during my army days)

    But to help you out because you are trying to help and I was being a twat (I apologise).

    Advise above is wrong. You give advice vs you advise.

    I can no longer see where I was talking about the commas, but I believe what I referred to as excessive commas, stems from our differing belief in usage.

    I am in two minds about semicolon use. Modern English considers it lazy and rather than conjoined statements sharing grammar both statements should have appropriate, separate grammar for each statement.

    I think it is useful, particularly in web writing, where intention is frequently lost. A semicolon can add expression to a conversational tone.

    Grammar is like military tactics you can argue till your blue in the face like I say I was being a twat, based upon my grammar Nazi experiences, but it was lost in translation.

    Your doing a good thing. I'm just cheeky.
     
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  11. xSoulBane

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    Thanks man, but I need more Grammar Nazi's :) The point is to get people to learn.. I'm sure you've seen some of the bad English from services. So I'd appreciate it if you come every now and then to add your $0.02... I encourage the advice. And while I don't mind being the main poster, I certainly can appreciate anyone who will help along :)

    Kindest Regards,
    Soul
     
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    Appreciate your effort.
     
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  13. imserious

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    I have never understood the fascination of some with English grammar.

    Is the web suppossed to be gramatically correct? No...

    The only important thing is that the meaning which the author is trying to convey should be clear to the readers.

    Do search engines take grammar into account?

    I don't know the answer but most likely no, as it is unlikely on the natural web.

    So, while writing for the web, one can happily ignore the rules created/stated by grammar nazis and keep writing for the reader in one's own natural tone.
     
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    That definitely cannot be true for someone who is trying to sell a product. Getting adsense click should be no problem. But when promoting a website or a product, people should take in to consideration what they are typing to convey thier audience to buy something.

    I don't recall the last time I ordered a gig from someone who didnt care to abide by standard english writing conventions. That is--having misplelled words and bad punctuation.

    With out a doubt, search engines do not take grammar into account. But one might wan't to take grammar into account if one is trying to rank for "Televisions" rather than "Tlevisions".

    Now I don't suppose one would rank for have much luck ranking for that. Moreover... forget the search engines...People definitely take it into account grammar. Studies show that bad grammar mistakes, can cut an online business's sales in half. Do a Google search... I'll create a citation if your not capable of doing that.

    You state that the important thing is the meaning... you're definitely right... but how can a reader understand the meaning, if a simple comma mistake can change the entire meaning of a sentence?

    So while I appropriate you inquiry about the "fascination of some with English Grammar," I believe It's more like a rant than anything else. Not sure what you are trying to prove... but as the title says, I'm trying to help people who are looking for help with English, primarily non-native speakers. So i'm not completely sure why you are posting here.

    If you're looking for an argument... look elsewhere. Frankly, I dont have that kind of free time. For anything else shoot me a PM, otherwise you'll probably just ridicule yourself again in the forums. :)

    -Soul
     
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    lol why are alot of Senior member aresholes on this forum?
     
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    Well, I'm not sure if that was the intention of the poster, to be a pain, but definitely I get these responses when trying to help people out. I think the majority of people on BHW are cool though.
    Not sure maybe poster thought the post was irrelevant :/ beats me...

    In spite of that nothing will stop me from finishing my threads :), senior or not I don't care.

    Like Eisenstein said... "great spirits have always encountered violent opposition."
     
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    Your work has been appreciated..keep them coming well!!
     
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    Appreciated Saved and bookmarked ur thread :)
     
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  20. imserious

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    I replied to this thread as this thread belongs in lounge or copywriting section and not here and
    whatever you mentioned in your post
    can be easily found online if one is actually searching for such info.

    This is a SEO forum and not an English grammar forum.

    As far as spelling mistakes go, check this out in your reply
    they are typing to convey thier audience to buy something